Alliance for Low-Income Personal Care Home Advancement (ALPHA)
A Search for Affordable Personal Care Home Options
In March 2017, the York Area Housing Group accepted a lead role in the search for affordable personal care home options in York County.
While there is an estimated 30% vacancy rate in York County assisted living and personal care homes, Personal Care Homes (PCHs) are not affordable for many York County residents who need supervision and supportive services. As a result, many low-income individuals who need personal care remain at risk in the community, presenting safety challenges for themselves and others. They also end up and/or remain in the hospital, nursing home, homeless shelter or affordable housing, occupying a bed or apartment that could be used by someone else in need of the space.
There are currently only 54 personal care beds in York County that are affordable for low income individuals. This number is a decrease of 70% since 2008.
Dianna Benaknin is engaging the community to address this vital need. She serves as the community organizer and facilitator of many meetings.
Various initiatives are underway, including but not limited to: advocating to increase the personal care home supplement for low income individuals, developing a demonstration/pilot project, and recruiting community volunteers to work with current providers to increase, at minimum retain, the number of affordable personal care beds in their facilities. To date, Penn State’s Center for Health Care and Policy Research has joined many community stakeholders in this effort. The Alliance for Low-income Personal Care Home Advancement (ALPHA) was created; and, through the York Area Development Corporation, the York Area Housing Group was awarded a Wellspan Health Community Partnership grant toward the development of an Affordable Personal Care Home Demonstration Project.
The York Area Housing Group appreciates Dianna Benaknin and the many community partners strategically working to increase the availability of personal care home options for low-income individuals in our community. To read more about this initiative, download a copy of our powerpoint presentation here.
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